January 14 2013, NAZARETH, PA - C.F. Martin & Co. has tapped Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers to design his version of “the perfect guitar”. The result - the Martin D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition - is an updated version of Avett’s tried and true stage/studio Dreadnought guitar, a model he has been a fan and user of for nearly a decade.
“The guitar that Seth has used throughout his career has been one of our most popular, the D-35,” said Fred Greene, Vice President/General Manager of Guitars, C.F. Martin & Co. “We thought the perfect way to collaborate with him on his first custom model was to let him create his dream version of this guitar, adding in all of the elements he would want in the ultimate Martin Dreadnought, something that would play as easily on stage as in the studio.”
“I’ve always seen a Martin dreadnought as the quintessential acoustic guitar; the blue-collar guitar, understated and solid in the hands of Jim Croce or Doc Watson or Ramblin’ Jack Elliott,” said Seth Avett. “I’ve always leaned toward the warmth and strength of the D-35. I got my first one, a 1977 model, about twelve years ago, and I've been wearing them out, re-fretting them and wearing them out again ever since. This instrument is a true collaboration between me and Martin Guitar. I can't wait to find out what songs are waiting in this guitar, for me and anyone who decides to buy one.”
For more than a decade, a Martin Dreadnought has been Seth Avett’s constant companion on his musical journey. He has played his Martin D-35 at hundreds of concerts and on 10 albums as a member of the Avett Brothers, as well as on three solo albums released under his alias, Timothy Seth Avett as Darling.
The D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition combines the classic attributes of a Martin D-35 design with some unique modifications and personal custom touches inspired by Seth’s specific requests. This model features premium solid tone wood, including FSC® Certified high altitude Swiss spruce top with Adirondack spruce braces, East Indian rosewood back and sides with a beautiful flamed Hawaiian koa center back wedge. In keeping with the theme of his solo album The Mourning, The Silver, The Bell, large stylized snowflake position markers are inlaid in copper at the 3rd, 7th and 12th frets. Lastly, it comes complete with Fishman Gold + Plus Natural 1 electronics for “Plug and play” convenience and natural fidelity.
A native of North Carolina, Seth Avett began playing guitar as a pre-teen and played in local bands throughout high school. The Avett Brothers journey began with the self-distributed The Avett Bros. EP in 2000, followed two years later by Country Was, its first full-length album, the Avett Brothers released several increasingly sophisticated albums - both studio and live - and toured almost non-stop. Between 2001 and 2006, Seth released three solo albums under the moniker Timothy Seth Avett as Darling. In 2009, The Avett Brothers released their I and Love and You album, which reached No.16 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 1 on the Folk chart. In 2011, the band appeared on the Grammy Awards and in 2012 released its sixth full-length studio album, The Carpenter, which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. The Avett Brothers plans for 2013 include concert tours of Europe, Great Britain and Australia.
Every Martin D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition guitar bears an interior label personally signed by Seth Avett and comes in a heavy-duty Martin Custom Shop hardshell case. A left-handed version of this guitar may be ordered at no additional cost. Authorized C.F. Martin dealers will begin taking orders for the open-ended D-35 Seth Avett Custom Signature Edition immediately. As orders are received, participating dealers will be listed on the Martin website, www.martinguitars.com.
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